Domestic violence harms your entire family, not just the person directly receiving it. Survivors of domestic abuse have options to seek help. Our domestic violence lawyers can help you pursue justice and keep your family safe.
At The Aberdeen Law Firm, our family law lawyer is here to support you. We can handle your case with compassion and discretion, seeking a resolution through the legal process. Our team knows there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to any family law matter, which is why we work with you to bring creative, cost-effective solutions to your case.
How Our Domestic Violence Lawyer Can Help Your Family
Our domestic violence lawyer can listen to your story and determine what type of legal action is appropriate. When it comes to family law, you have options that can help you both immediately and down the line. For example, you may be considering filing for divorce. This can take a long time, though, and sometimes, it can escalate the abuse in the household.
We can help you navigate this process and in the meantime, we also may recommend that you file a restraining order against your abuser. This is a court order served to the abuser, requiring that they do not come near you. Each state has its process for filing this type of court order, and we can help you through it.
A Restraining Order Can Also Protect Your Children Against Domestic Violence
In some domestic assault cases, children are the direct target. If your child suffered physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, you can file a restraining order to keep the abuser away from your children. This means they cannot contact your child or come near their home or school.
The Benefits of Hiring Our Domestic Abuse Attorney
Many clients decide to hire a lawyer from our firm because it allows them to focus on their family instead of the legal process. When you work with our team, we can handle the following tasks for you:
- Completing all the paperwork necessary for a divorce, restraining order, or other legal action
- Explaining your legal options
- Negotiating for fair child custody and visitation rights
- Representing you throughout mediation or arbitration
- Preparing you for court, if necessary
When you work with our compassionate team, you can trust us to advocate for your family’s interests. We know it isn’t easy to report abuse, especially when you know your abuser may face criminal charges. Our domestic violence attorney can guide you through the legal process and fight for your family’s safety.
Domestic Violence Has Profound Consequences on a Family
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 25% of women and 10% of men across the country have experienced some form of violence or stalking from an intimate partner. Domestic violence can have serious negative effects on a person’s physical and psychological health. For example, according to the American Psychiatric Association, people who experience domestic violence are at higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicidal tendencies.
When it comes to the physical effects of domestic abuse, the problem is twofold. First, survivors may suffer physical injuries, such as bruises and broken bones. Once these injuries have healed, the psychological stress survivors experience often causes physical effects, as well.
These psychological and physical symptoms can also transfer to people who witness domestic violence, such as children and other family members. Our domestic violence attorneys are ready to help you take action to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Resources You Can Access After Experiencing Domestic Violence
Aside from taking legal action, you can also protect yourself and your children by taking advantage of various state and national resources for domestic violence survivors. You can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They can recommend local resources like emergency shelters that can give you access to temporary housing, food, utilities, and clothing.
How to Spot Signs of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is not limited to physical violence. It can manifest in other forms that can affect family members just as much. If you experienced any of the following types of abuse, we can help you fight back through the legal process.
Signs of Physical Abuse
The most common form of domestic violence that comes to mind is often physical abuse. It’s important to note that abuse may not start so blatantly but rather escalate to this point. Threats of physical abuse also constitute this form of domestic violence, as well.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, different types of physical abuse can include:
- Using physical force to hurt you, such as punching or kicking
- Controlling your eating and sleeping habits
- Hurting you with weapons, including firearms and knives
- Threatening you with a weapon
- Preventing you from contacting emergency services, including emergency medical services or law enforcement
- Abandoning you in unfamiliar places
- Forcing drugs or alcohol on you
- Keeping you from leaving your home
- Throwing objects at you
- Keeping your prescribed medication from you or denying you access to necessary medical treatment
With The Aberdeen Law Firm on your side, you do not have to seek justice against your abuser alone. Our firm is here to support you during this difficult time.
Signs of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can also include a range of actions, but none of these are done with consent. The abuse could be an unwelcome touch, comments that make you uncomfortable, or a violent assault. We can provide resources for sexual assault survivors and explain your options for taking legal action.
Signs of Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse can be particularly difficult to detect. Still, this is a form of abuse, and it can have devastating psychological effects.
Emotional abuse can include yelling, teasing, and constantly insulting or criticizing you. Gaslighting is also a common form of emotional abuse, which is a method of manipulation.
Call the Aberdeen Law Firm for Help If You Are Experiencing Domestic Violence
We know it can be difficult for victims of abuse to reach out for help. We encourage you to contact us soon as you can. Our team can manage your legal case and help your family get the support you need for bodily harm and mental injuries.
Call The Aberdeen Law Firm for a complimentary initial consultation. We can answer your questions, discuss our flexible payment plans, and provide you with experienced legal representation.